In late November, Aragon High School will be visited by students from Hanasaki High School in Tokyo, Japan. Hanasaki students will be joining Aragon band students in homestays and will be participating in a band exchange. This has all been made possible by the Bravo Music publishing company of Florida. Both schools, though very different, are acquainted with the publishing company.
On November 9, a deadly gas explosion ripped through San Bruno, displacing hundreds of people. However, it was not only people who were affected by the incident; animals and pets were displaced as well. The animals that were lucky enough to escape have been since taken in by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a non-profit organization that helps to protect animals that are in danger. Upon hearing about the situation, Aragon students decided to start the Adopt-an-Angel campaign.
Headed by senior Amrit Saxena, the Aragon Mathematical Talent Development Committee (MTDC), a club that fosters mathematical abilities in middle school students, plans to hold a math competition to encourage the celebration and continued development of their math skills. The Aragon Math League (AML) competition screens more than 300 students for seats at the Aragon Math Marathon (AM2), the math competition scheduled for January 7, 2011.
While a large portion of the country went red on election day, California represented a decisive win for Democrats, with both gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and senatorial candidate Barbara Boxer winning their respective positions. Along with these wins, Democrat San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom won the position of Lieutenant Governor, and Debra Bowen was re-elected as Secretary of State.
A typical student’s yearly schedule consists of one math and one science course. However, in recent years, a small, but rising percentage of students have deviated from the traditional schedule and are making the decision to take either two math classes or two science classes.
Right off the bat, you are immersed in an interesting hybrid of Phoenix, The Fratellis, and U2 in the first track entitled “Birds” of Buzzard by Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. These melodies bring a sense of peace and tranquility, although its lyrics truly contrast that feeling it brings. The instrumentals in many of the songs provide a feeling of relaxation, which makes Buzzard a successful album. The album features an interesting mix of stoner rock dipped into some pop.
“The emphasis [of Aragon] has always been on intellectual and academic growth, discovery, invention and reinvention. We never stopped long enough from these endeavors to cultivate and maintain tradition, reach out to alumni and honor our history,” says former Aragon counselor Sue Barizon.
His life is a long journey that is full of outstanding accomplishments. Lou Murgo, the Aragon frosh-soph basketball coach, started his journey in a small town in Rhode Island. “It was a small town, close met, athletics was the center of everything,” says Murgo.
Parents play very critical roles in the tough but rewarding college application process. It involves studying for SATs, completing applications, researching colleges and much more. Darwin Chan, father of a current sophomore Lauren Chan and graduate Kristin Chan, says the college process has changed distinctly over the years. “The college process is more involved, and . . . the AP classes, test scores and application writings [are more important],” says Chan.
If controversy had a birthday, it would be in November. American voters experience an onslaught of opinions throughout October in preparation for November elections, from things like robo-calls, to yard signs. But the onslaught does not only affect voters. Teenagers and the country’s youth also lend their voice to the fray. Many students are not of age to vote, and whether that stifles their political voice depends on the student.
The English historian George Macaulay Trevelyan once said, “Education…has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.” His comment summarizes the case presented in the documentary “Race to Nowhere” with eerie accuracy.
According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 percent of teens in the United States are at risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure due to being overweight. The development of a more sedentary lifestyle compounded with poor dietary habits are the most obvious reasons for this figure that has tripled in the last 20 years.